Hyderabad: After being closed for 18 months, some of the IT companies in the city have started reopening their buildings for employees. However, professionals working from offices in the graveyard shift have complained of inconveniences. With the in-house cafeterias not working and IT parks not allowing food delivery partners inside the campus, the employees are not happy to return to office.
An IT professional working for a technology giant shares, on the condition of anonymity: “A few employees have started working in the night shift in my company. While we are fine with coming to the office, our biggest issue is that the cafeteria in the building isn’t functioning as yet. When we approached the management, they informed us that it was a precautionary step to avoid huge crowd at a place. We even tried ordering food from food delivery apps, but security guards did not let the delivery partner in. The only thing available at our offices is water. Working the graveyard shift is very difficult. And now with no food, our health will get further affected.”
On Monday, activist Vijay Gopal shared a tweet raising the concern, where he tagged IT Principal Secretary Jayesh Ranjan and Secretary to Chief Minister Smita Sabharwal. “Sir @jayesh_ranjan IT companies asking employee to come to office then not opening cafeteria and then not allowing delivery agents to enter the Mindspace, Phoenix, etc locations causing immense hardship to Eve/Night Shift employees. Pls intervene @SmitaSabharwal,” (sic) he wrote.
Sharing their plight, a female employee, working in a company at Raheja Mindspace IT Park, said, “I work as a team leader, and about 30 people in my company are working in the night shift. We don’t even have coffee or tea in the vending machines. Many of my team members go out and get tea in plastic bags at midnight. Since there are no restaurants inside the premises, we have to walk a good two km to find some food. However, most of us cannot take such lengthy breaks to be able to walk a few kilometres and eat. Thus most of us survive on a biscuit packet or snacks available in the supply machines.”
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